The weekend is a time when: (1) there’s a scarcity of news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism; and (2) as a result of #1, your Curmudgeon is driven to posting about increasingly bizarre topics.
That explains why we are presenting not just one, but two new case studies in our series on creationist voyeurs. Our last post on this topic was Creationist Voyeurism: Case #9. That will lead you to the others.
Each of these cases supports our hypothesis that there may be some heretofore unsuspected disorder which we call Creationism-Voyeurism Syndrome (CVS). The disorder is either: (a) something deep within the creationist brain that causes perverted behavior; or (b) the disorder produces both creationism and voyeurism. In honor of the first case we learned about, it can also be called the McConaghie syndrome — see Creationist Suspected of Bathroom Voyeurism.
The two cases we found today present us with a bit of a problem. On the one hand, each of them involves the typical symptoms of bathroom camera voyeurism, but then things get strange. Neither case involves a voyeur who is said to be a creationist. One is a funeral director, and the other is a journalist. Some of you may be wondering — Come on, Curmudgeon. How do you know these guys are creationists?
Our answer is that at this point we’ve piled up so much evidence for the existence of Creationism-Voyeurism Syndrome that we can rely on our hypothesis as having been substantially validated. Today we see that the evil of CVS can be present in various occupations, and it’s our responsibility to publicize the situation.
However, we want to be fair. Although we’re confident that today’s two cases belong in our study, it’s obviously true that not every creationist is a funeral director or reporter. Nevertheless, it’s certainly possible for funeral directors and reporters to be creationists, and because these two cases fit the behavior pattern revealed in the McConaghie case, we’re adding them to our database.
The first is found at the website of Hunts Post, of Cambridgeshire. If you like English place-names, you’ll be delighted to learn that Cambridgeshire is bordered by Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. Anyway, their article is St Neots funeral director spied on women on toilet. We’re told:
A funeral director who installed a hidden camera to spy on women using his bathroom has been handed a suspended jail term. Nigel Anthony, 43, of New Street, St Neots, admitted three counts of voyeurism, and was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for 18 months.
Nigel, you’ve been a naughty boy! The tale continues:
Prosecutor Stephen Mather said: “The spy camera was hidden in the end panel of the bath and captured anyone using the toilet. There was a wire which led to the loft, where a video recorder and three tapes were found.
Ah yes, it’s the same old story. Look what creationism can do to ruin a man’s life! There are more details in the news story, but this is a family-oriented blog, so we’ll let you click over to the newspaper and read the story in its entirety, if you like. We’ll now move on to the second case we found today.
Observe, dear reader, how the newspaper reporting this sad story is already covering up the shame that one of their journalistic colleagues is bringing upon them. The headline says “Ex-reporter,” as if the voyeur had once been a reporter, but that was long ago. However, when we read the sordid tale, we learn that he was fired only after news of the crime was uncovered. Here are a few excerpts:
Former Rochester Times reporter Conor Makem, arrested Thursday on 12 counts of invasion of privacy and one felony count of falsification of physical evidence related to illicit photos in his possession, was released on $10,000 bail later in the day, according to Rochester police. Makem’s arraignment is scheduled for 8 a.m. Nov. 25.
What is the journalist (oops! — ex-journalist) accused of doing? Let’s read on:
According to a police affidavit, Makem was arrested after police found child pornography images and pictures taken of women in a bathroom at Merchants’ Plaza on electronic equipment used by Makem and seized Oct. 10 from the Foster’s new bureau and The Rochester Times offices in the building.
Egad — the evidence was found in the newspaper’s offices! We continue:
The arrest was the result of an investigation that began Oct. 7 when a woman spotted what she believed was a camera in the ceiling tile of a bathroom in the Merchant building.
That’s how a lot of these cases get started. What did the woman do then? This is where it gets interesting:
According to police, she reported the find to Makem, who told the woman he would hand the device over to police. The woman became suspicious when police failed to contact her. She reached out to Makem again and was told that he had disposed of the device instead of turning it in. The woman then reported the incident herself.
Truly horrible — the woman placed her trust in a journalist, and he is now the one accused of being the actual perpetrator. Here’s more:
Affidavits issued earlier this week stated that a forensic analysis of Makem’s personal Apple MacBook Pro and an iMac computer “uncovered several dozen images of child pornography” and approximately 80 pictures of the women’s bathroom at Merchant’s Plaza.
So many of these cases tell the same sad tale. One more excerpt:
Makem was suspended from his 10-year job as a part-time reporter for the weekly Rochester Times when the investigation began. He was terminated on Thursday morning.
So now the press can loftily describe Makem as an “ex-reporter.” But we don’t think that changes the results of our research.
Because of these new cases, your Curmudgeon’s advisory about avoiding bathrooms in creationist facilities must be expanded. It now seems wise to avoid bathrooms in funeral parlors and newspaper offices as well. Is this paranoia, or prudence? It’s your choice, dear reader.
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